Thursday, September 2, 2010

Vacation Breeds...Sameness

So, let's see here...I took a break from blogging for a few weeks only to be inspired by:

  • A Jason Collins Signing
  • Jamal Crawford's trade demands
  • An Etan Thomas Signing
Yep, these are my Atlanta Hawks. Let's recap the offseason again...

  • Sign Joe Johnson to a bigger contract than LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, or Chris Bosh
  • Hire Mike Woodson's Assistant
  • Drafting another shooting guard and some dude no one knew about from France
  • Re-signing our 3rd string center
  • Re-signing another big man who was as uninspiring as Jason Collins was when we signed him
  • Jamal Crawford decides that he wants some security in Atlanta or wants to be traded.
Now, if I recall, we lost in the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs by the highest margin in the HISTORY of the NBA and our best player addition is a rookie at the position where we have the most depth (i.e. our best player added probably won't play unless we trade Jamal Crawford). I'm sure that my blog haters will call me a pessimist, but is there anything to be optimistic about in this offseason that makes me think that we won't be looking at a first round playoff loss in May of 2011?

Thank goodness for fantasy football...back to my research...


Ron E. said...

Assuming the Hawks are the 4th seed or better again (entirely possible) and thus have home court advantage in round 1, I see no reason they couldn't beat Chicago, Milwaukee, Boston, or .

The real question mark is can whatever new systems Drew puts in on offense and defense make the same players more (at all) competitive in the second round.

Jesse said...

After what we witnessed against Milwaukee last year, I'd say facing any team slightly better would increase the likelyhood of us losing in the first round. I expect this team to be a playoff team regardless, but after watching them get worse in the playoffs last year I have little evidence that they could get better with the same (or worse) team.